Set Yourself Up For Success This Year

December 31st, 2023 Archie Dunnill


You may have heard that only 8% of new year's resolutions succeed, with 80% having failed even before the start of February! We're here to help you change that to start the year on the front foot, and set you up for a successful 2024.

After the holidays it can be difficult to get back into the swing of things. Create a resolution to develop your coaching confidence by seizing the opportunity to discover new drills, turn ideas into action and seek advice from the coaching community. Here are some tips to hit the ground running in the new year.


The new year creates a great opportunity to reflect and look back on the past year. It is important to put things into writing to create some level of ownership. Write down what went well for you, what did you achieve? What sessions did your players engage with the most? Did you receive any feedback from players or other coaches? Did you encounter any difficulties with players and how did you overcome them?

These types of questions will allow you to understand your strengths and, more importantly, where you can improve. A lot of our time as coaches is spent analysing players and thinking through tactics, self reflection is key to make sure you aren't falling behind and are continuing to develop your own coaching style to be the best coach you can be. Check out our previous blog for more information about reflecting and reviewing your own performance as a coach.

Team Bonding

This is one of the most important aspects of being a coach and one of the hardest to master. For a team to perform to their full potential they need to have a bond and sense of trust. Building a cohesive and close knit team gets players working for not just you as the coach but for one another on the pitch, putting themselves on the line and sprinting back those extra few metres to make that last ditch tackle.

The new year is a great time to get players bonding. Organise a team dinner, watch a sporting fixture together or head out to the bowling alley!

Clear Goals

Prevent being sidetracked and create a strategy for success by setting yourself clear goals for the year. Goals should be SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-Bound) to help you clarify your ideas, focus your efforts, time and resources effectively, and increase your chances of achieving your goals.

Maybe you want to implement a new style of play, improve a specific skill, or simply create an environment that allows players to have fun. With clear and concise plans, Sportplan sessions create a solid strategy to achieve your new years goals. Check out our sessions library today to add clear direction to your training!

Seek Advice

Ever wondered what Pep Guardiola's secret to success is? You can learn a lot by observing other coaches to understand how they communicate, interact with their players, and set up drills to create a positive and engaging environment. Whatever your coaching experience may be there is always room to learn and discover something new.

If you don't ask, you don't get. Use the Sportplan answers function to reach out to the thousands of members part of the coaching community. Work together, offer advice and tips to help everyone become a better coach and solve your coaching conundrums.

From everyone at Sportplan, we wish you the very best for the new year and look forward to helping you coach with confidence in 2024!


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